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NCTA, Google Team Up on 3.5 GHz Compromise

Cable operators, Google, and a veritable host of others have gotten together on a compromise proposal for sharing the 3.5 GHz band, a proposal that includes a mix of large and small license areas.

They say that mix will accommodate all stakeholders and that they are all giving up something--all being cable, technology, equipment development, rural broadband, rural mobile wireless carriers, and manufacturing, infrastructure, and enterprise solutions companies--"in the spirit of compromise."

"This compromise framework reflects a substantial revision of the Commission’s existing census-tract licensing framework, and its inclusion of MSA (metropolitan statistical area)-sized licenses incorporates a key part of the plan submitted last month by the Competitive Carriers Association and CTIA," they told the FCC.

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